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Hostel Review | YHA London Central

Overall Rating ***** 4/5

During my 2 day stay in London, I stayed at the YHA London Central Hostel. If you are looking for a quiet, spacious, no fuss and centrally located hostel then this may be a good option, however if you are looking for a hostel that provides a unique experience, then this may not be a good fit.

Pro: The hostel was  clean, well equipped and centrally situated.
Con: The atmosphere wasn't as warm, friendly or cozy as other hostels I've been to. 

Location ***** 4/5

As it's name suggests, YHA London Central is located in a nice central part of London  and is about 10 minutes walk from the Oxford Circus metro station. 

I felt comfortable walking the streets in the morning, during the day and in the evening, and did not feel unsafe during these times.

Check-in Process ***** 4/5

The check-in process was efficient and the staff were professional. On check-in I got:
  • Key card for access to the hostel entrance, your room and other facilities
  • A free map of London
  • WI-FI password

The room ***** 5/5

  • Overall feel: the 6 bed dorm was clean, spacious and tidy but felt a little dated.
  • En-suite toilet and bathroom: Yes (additional toilet and bathroom available in the hall)
  • Bed: no issues with the bed, and I slept pretty well.
  • Convenient power source for electronics: Yes (personal power and reading light for each bed)
  • Security: large locker for each bed (can fit a carry on backpack, but bring your own lock)

Facilities and Services ****4/5

  • Laundry: Coin operated washer and dryer (Laundry facilities are available here at a reasonable cost. It was however broken on the days of my visit)
  • Kitchen: free use of the well equipped kitchen. (The kitchen however wasn't very clean on the days of my visit.)
  • Reception: 24 hours
  • Wi-Fi: Only available in the communal area. Speed seemed to be okay.
  • Security: The hostel felt safe and secure. (I didn't feel unsafe nor did I feel there were any risk to my personal belongings due to the availability of a personal locker for my bag). 
  • Cleanliness: Apart from the kitchen, the hostel facilities and rooms were quite clean.
  • Breakfast included: No
  • Cafe/Restaurant: Yes (though I didn't try any of their food or drinks)

Atmosphere ***** 3/5

Hostel Type: Cheap and efficient

The hostel both in terms of the building design and the social interaction had a quiet and industrial feel to it. Unlike other hostels it didn't seem to emit a warm cozy feel that provides a unique and memorable experience. 


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